Last week, we showed you the plans for longtime Capitol Hill developer Mike Malone’s planned transformation of the CK Graphics building at E Pike and Summit into an eight-story replica of what Mike Malone would have built in 1920 if Mike Malone was an auto-row era developer — with even more money.
We’ll find out what the East Design Review Board thinks of the whole thing Wednesday night when the Studio Meng Strazzara-designed project comes before public scrutiny for the first time. More on this project and the rare beast that is a microhousing project going through design review, below.
501 E Pike
Though they’ll only be showing massing renderings of the project Wednesday night, Malone said his Hunters Capital project will take advantage of Pike/Pine’s Conservation District incentives to preserve the old Dunn Motors building and build the project an extra story higher — and Malone told CHS the plan is to do it in a way that is truly faithful to restoring the old building’s spirit even as the new project reaches to the sky.
If the project is a model for talked-of strengthening of the conservation district’s incentive program, be prepared for some proscriptive requirements. Malone has been showing off the next phase of his design including materials and finishings that will mimic if not match the character structure it will tower above. When you see the massing, you’ll know it was also smart to make sure to get the word out early about the next stage — this sucker is big:
Design review, early design guidance application for an 8-story building with 118 residential units located above 4,000 sq. ft . of retail space and 6,000 sq. ft. of office space. Parking for 61 vehicles will be located below grade. Project also includes 31 bicycle stalls. Existing structure to be demolished.
2202 E Olive Street
As City Hall turns the cranks on slowly putting regulation in place to require design and environmental reviews of microhousing developments, a few projects of the ilk have already been forced into the process. A 33-unit apartment building slated for the corner of 22nd Ave E and E Olive St — near the Safeway — will be built boarding-house style as far as unit size goes. Each apartment is planned to average about 330 square-feet of living space. The Bazan Architects-designed building had its first run through the design review process last summer. In that session and a subsequent early design review, the plan has been tweaked to attempt to make for a better fit with a dozen units lopped from the plan and space for bike parking upped to around 30. No car parking here, you’ll note.
Review Meeting: May 29, 6:30 PM Seattle University 901 12th Ave Pigott Building Room #204 Review Phase: Recommendation past reviews Project Number: 3013256 permit status | notice Planner: Shelley Bolser